Thank god it’s Friday! News from the food world (Week 35/2014)

Here’s my selection of articles for the week:

ENERGY DRINKS

– Energy drink binging, a deep analysis of the phenomena by Dr Stefan Fabiansson, food safety scientist and writer of the blog www.focusonfoodsafety.wordpress.com. He has a past as Professor in Food Safety at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Chief Scientist at the NSW Food Authority and most recently Head of the Unit for Dietary and Chemical Monitoring at the European Food Safety Authority.

INDIA

– Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals, by Shane Starling+ on foodnavigator-asia.com, 01-Sep-2014: Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

CHINA

Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meaton foodsafetynews.com, 02-Sep-2014: the six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai Husi Food Co., which was found to be mixing outdated meat in with fresher supplies;

China Seeks To Build Trust In The Baby Formula Industryby John Balzano, on forbes.com, 02-Sep-2014;

– Organic labeling on import food at Lexology.com – HFG Law Firm & Intellectual Property Practice, Association of Corporate Counsel, 17 August 2014

EU

– Q&A: GMO cultivation in the EU, European Parliament News, 02-Set-2014: a brief Q&A to better understand EU GMOs regulatory framework.

UK

– Health claims law trips up tea firm, by Rod Addy+ on beveragedaily.com, 03-Sep-2014: a company promoting healthy teas has been slammed by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after falling foul of the EU’s nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

USA

– Groups Call on Seafood Fraud Task Force to Require ‘Robust’ Traceability, on foodsafetynews.com, 03-Sep-2014: earlier this summer, the White House established a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud and requested comments from the public to help inform and advise the task force in developing recommendations

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